MAJOR: Psychology/pre-physical therapy
HIGH SCHOOL: South Milwaukee (#11)
CLUB TEAM: Queen of Diamonds (#8)
HOMETOWN: South Milwaukee, WI
CLUB GAMES VIDEO
SKILLS: 2.88 home-1st (on contact), 5.98 H-2nd, 12.0 H-H, 64 mph OF, 61 mph IF, 68 mph exit
JUNIOR (SOUTH MILWUAKEE H.S.): .508 BA, .615 OBP, .656 SLG, 1.271 OPS, 19 G, 61 AB, 37 R, 31 H, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 17 BB, 6 S0, 15/16 SB
2020 SUMMER/FALL CLUB (QUEEN OF DIAMONDS 16U): 63 G, .492 BA, .513 OBP, .648 SLG, 1.161 OPS, 179 AB, 57 R, 88 H, 17 bunt singles, 11 2B, 7 3B, 1 HR, 35 RBI, 7 BB, 17 SO, 1 HBP, 20 SB, 1 CS, .916 FPCT, 68 PO, 7 E, 8 A
2018-19 CLUB (QUEEEN OF DIAMONDS): .528 BA, .576 OBP, .681 SLG, 1.256 OPS, 59 G, 144 AB, 59 R, 76 H, 11 2B, 4 3B, 1 HR, 31 RBI, 18 BB, 26 SO, 1 HBP, 13/13 SB, 2 SF, 6 SAC; Fielding — .880 FPCT, 58 PO, 8 A, 9 E
FRESHMAN (SOUTH MILWAUKEE H.S. VARSITY): .453 BA, .527 OBP, 18 G, 64 AB, 26 R, 29 H, 9 RBI, 10 BB, 10 SO
JUNIOR (SOUTH MILWAUKEE H.S.)
1st-Team Woodland All-Conference
1st-Team Woodland East Division
2019-2020 QUEEN OF DIAMONDS 16U
1st place, NAFA State Championship, June (Mauston, WI)
2018-19 QUEEN OF DIAMONDS 14U
1st on team in BA (.528)
1st on team on OBP (.576)
2nd on team in hits (76)
FRESHMAN (SOUTH MILWAUKEE H.S. VARSITY)
2nd-Team Woodland East All-Conference
4-for-4, 3 RBI vs. Milwaukee Lutheran
3-for-3, BB vs. Greenfield
3-for-3, 3 runs vs. Cudahy
3-for-4 vs. West Allis Central
3-for-5, 3 RBI vs. Greenfield
QUEEN OF DIAMONDS 12U
Varsity as freshman
Most Improved Award (freshman)
CF/2B/1B. 5-foot-8, 145 pounds. Bats L. Throws R. Very good athlete (also plays varsity basketball). Excellent speed (2.88 home to first ON CONTACT). Versatile slapper (soft & power slaps, swings away). Outstanding and versatile at bunting to get on base (strong to 3B side; gets to end of bat so it dies more) or move runners over. Excellent top-of-the-lineup hitter who knows how to get on base at a high rate (.576 OBP in 144 club ABs). Hits outside pitches to left side. Bounces soft slaps high (working on getting them higher more consistently). Looks at defense before determining where will slap to (3B, over pitcher’s head or 1B). Utilizes hard slap when infield comes in. In outfield, has great range with speed. Reads balls well off the bat. 64 mph OF and IF arm. Working on getting groundballs in quicker. Quick release and athletic actions when playing infield. 61 mph IF arm. Strong work ethic. Hits on a tee in her basement and at ballpark across the street from her home. Does core/agility/strength training and ladder and speed drills. Brings positive energy to teammates. Cheers on the bench. Excellent student (4.0 GPA, 28 ACT).
— Jason Lauren, ScoutU Scout, 414-303-7607, Jason@ScoutU.com
Paige Lathrop brings a toolbox of talent and skills both on and off the field. On the field, offensively, Paige provides a unique blend of speed and finesse as a slap hitter, as well as power (home run) to the gaps as a hitter. As a slapper, Paige excels in all three phases of her slap game, including bunting, soft slapping and hard slapping. Her speed puts pressure on defenses from the moment the ball is put in play. Once on the bases, Paige uses her speed to her advantage in stealing bases and taking an extra 60 any chance she sees. Paige’s offensive toolbox allows her to be used at the top of the lineup as a table setter or in the middle of the lineup as an RBI producer. Defensively, Paige primarily plays center fielder where she leads by example and uses her speed and her ability to read a ball off a bat to her advantage to track down fly balls. Paige possesses an arm to make all throws from any outfield position. Paige also has the ability to play first base and second base when needed. Paige will continue to be tasked with becoming more of a vocal leader in the field to continue to cement her team leadership position. Paige’s biggest improvement area in softball (offensively and defensively) is to completely believe in her skill set and herself and not over think the play or the at-bat. This will continue to develop with every practice and every game. Off the field, Paige is an excellent student and all-around great person. Paige does a great job of managing her time and commitments. Paige earned two varsity letters (basketball and softball) her freshman year and will do the same her sophomore year while earning academic honors every semester.
— Troy Fields, Queen of Diamonds coach
Paige Lathrop is an amazing recruit for your collegiate softball team. Not only does Paige find a personal passion for softball, her work ethic and effort are second to none. I have known Paige for 1 year, and from the moment I met her, I knew her positive attitude surpassed the greater majority of teenagers I have met.
STRENGTHS: Paige possesses many strengths, which she uses to achieve success in many areas. She is focused, unwavering and has high expectations for herself. She sets her goals high in school and particularly in her passion for softball. She has played many positions since age 10 and is currently a varsity player as a sophomore. Paige is considered a multi-tasker. It was because of her willingness to always help that I was able to see her passion for life and particularly her passion for softball. Paige strives to pull everyone around her up to the level at which she places herself and will not settle for second place. As a high school teacher, I believe she exemplifies that occasional student that helps those around her achieve in the classroom and comes prepared ready for a challenge as well.
ATHLETIC IMPROVEMENTS: Paige is one of the quickest players on our current team but could improve her flexibility overall. With her strong work ethic, she could work on her overall strength through conditioning and flexibility drills during the off-season and during the season. Improving communication skills and mental toughness is important for all high school athletes. At the beginning of the season, Paige was quiet and reserved. By the Regional/State Tournament she was an asset to her teammates with motivation and performance.
What most impresses me about Paige in the classroom is her willingness to take challenges presented without complaint. This is a quality trait of coachability. To say it would be beneficial to have Paige as part of your program is an incredible understatement. Paige would be a vital contribution to any community and I highly recommend her to your institution.
— Deb Robinson, South Milwaukee High School varsity coach
MESSAGE FROM PAIGE
My name is Paige Lathrop, and I am a 2022 graduate at South Milwaukee High School in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I am 5-foot-8, 145 pounds with a 4.0 cumulative GPA (28 ACT) and an interest to major in psychology. I had a .492 batting average in my 2020 club season in 179 at-bats. I am a slap hitter with a home-to-first time of 2.88 seconds (on contact). My arm velocity from the outfield is 64 mph.
I believe that my academics and work ethic make me a special athlete. I am committed to doing all of my school work and maintaining exceptional grades, as well as working on my softball skills and my strength/agility. I work on my hitting outside of practice and work out with a fitness coach in the summer. Along with balancing advanced classes and my softball schedule, I make time for working out 4-5 days a week before basketball season and volunteering through my church on Sundays. I am organized and work my hardest toward anything I put my mind to. Additionally, I am a coachable athlete, because I am always open to feedback and help.
Thank you for your time, and I hope to hear from you soon.
ACADEMICS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
Class rank: 1
Academic achievements: Honor Roll every semester; National Junior Honor Society (8th grade)
Community service: Volunteer through Veteran’s Day program at school; volunteer through church
Other sports: Basketball